We caught it on a weekday early on, so luckily, no wait. It did get quite a bit busier soon after. It's a very clean, stylish place. Not in-line with the rest of the neighbourhood.
Ordered a margherita (with the buffalo mozzarella) and a bianca pizza and they got right to work on it. I really can't complain about the service since there were only 3 people in the restaurant at the time! The pizza didn't take too long to come. I saw them start the crust from dough right in the kitchen/prep area. It wasn't pre-done.
I heard someone else say tough crust? Yes, the crust is quite tough. Hurt our hands trying to cut through it with the knife. It was TOUGH. On the bright side, it wasn't too tough to chew, it was okay. (Certainly Sciue has tougher crust, but that is Roman style, and their crust is much tastier).
The pizza was just okay given what we were expecting from this level of pizza joint. Come on, yes, it is better than the 99cent pizza joints and it beats Domino's or Pizza Hut hands down. But it's no where near the best in town. (BTW, Neapolitan pizza is soggy and full of stuff in the middle).
Okay, the margherita, the tomato used was not the best. It's okay, but it may have been just very good standard supermarket stuff. It's not any local heirloom tomatoes that I've ever tasted or any good canned tomatoes from Italy. It lacks flavour. The crust? Also lacks flavour. So for a pizza with only 4 major ingredients, this is not going so well. They could've hidden it with more basil and more mozarella, but no, they skimped on that.
The bianca had much stronger flavour, but of course the crust suffered from the same weakness. They also skimped out on the parsley. Honestly, it's Italian flat-leaf parsley, throw a few more on for how much you're charging!
The 2 pizzas ran us $16-17 each. For that price, no. Funny, on their website, they proudly advertise that a certain food writer from the Globe & Mail proclaims "At last, Vancouver has a restaurant that serves real Neapolitan pizza!". Well, I'm sorry, if that quote is true, that writer has absolutely no credibility. (This isn't the first time this writer has stumbled, so this is just another nail in the coffin).
If you want better Neapolitan style pizza, much better pizza, go to BiBo. Their guy is going to the pizza competition in Italy and, well, the difference in quality shows.
Would I return? No. Would I recommend? No. If it's cheap pizza you want, this is not the place to get it. If it's the best Neapolitan pizza in town, short of going to Italy, well this is not it either. If you're in the area and hankering for a bite? There's a lot cheaper options in the area. I'm not saying this is crap food, it's pretty good, but sorry, if you're going to play with the big boys, you better bring your "A" game, and they did not. If they want to serve the pizza at half the price and not make any claims about authenticity, then I'd be happy with it.